Friday, January 23, 2015
Malloy’s Budget Cuts Again Hit Social Services, Universities, Courts
By Keith M. Phaneuf, Jacqueline Rabe Thomas, and Arielle Levin Beckerwww.ctmirror.org
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today unveiled more than $31.5 million in spending cuts in his second round of emergency budget reductions, with social services, public colleges and universities and the state court system again taking the heaviest hits.
The administration’s chief budget agency, the Office of Policy and Management, technically ordered $24.6 million in cuts to 29 agencies and higher education units.
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Wednesday, January 21, 2015
P&Z Chair Hosts Brown Bag Lunch
Planning and Zoning Commission (P&Z) Chairman Chip Stephens (l) today hosted a brown bag lunch at Westport Town Hall for members of the Westport League of Women Voters (LWV). He used the occasion to urge greater turnout and interest in P&Z meetings “The frustration I feel is that not enough people attend meetings,” he said. “We hope people will attend and give their thoughts and suggestions.” He urged the the LWV to update its 1995 report on planning issues. “It would be a great help to the commission,” he said. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Phyllis Groner for WestportNow.com
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Congressman’s View of the President
U.S. Rep Jim Himes (CT-4) snapped this picture of President Obama as he made his way to the podium tonight for his State of the Union address. Himes’s guest at the event was David L. Levinson of Westport, president of Norwalk Community College (NCC). (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Jim Himes via Twitter.com
Westporter is Guest at State of the Union
Sunday, January 18, 2015
Murphy: ‘I’m No Longer the Youngest U.S. Senator’
U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy today addresses members and volunteers of the Circle of Friends at Norwalk’s Beth Israel of Norwalk/Westport Synagogue. Murphy told the group, “I was the youngest senator at one time, and now I’m third youngest. It’s important to me to connect with young people like you and remind you that, although you’re too young to vote, you can still be instrumental by writing letters to me.” The nonprofit is dedicated to “bringing inclusion of special needs children with mainstream activities,” according to Rabbi Yehoshua Hecht and his wife, Freida, Circle of Friends director. The organization is supported by 130 teenage volunteers, mainly from Westport and Norwalk, and today’s science-oriented event about dry ice was attended by a number of volunteers from Staples High School. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
Coleytown Middle Schoolers Visit White House
Four Coleytown Middle School students used Friday’s professional development day to travel to Washington, D.C. to meet with White House and congressional representatives about technology and robotics. At the White House (above), the students met with Tom Kailil, White House deputy director of technology and innovation, and Richard Voyles, assistant director of robotics and cyber-physical systems. Pictured are (l-r, back row) Voyles, Kalil (middle row) Ben Jia, Nick Ambrose (front row) Rob Diorio, Josh Zhang. The students were accompanied by Hong Chen, Coleytown Middle School teacher and parent, and Lyn Hogan, a member of Westport’s Representative Town Meeting. Contributed photo
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Steinberg Named to Transportation Subcommittee Post
State Rep. Jonathan P. Steinberg of Westport has been named the House chair of the Transportation Bonding Subcommittee by Speaker of the House Brendan Sharkey, it was announced today.
The chairman assists with determining the transportation infrastructure upgrade priorities for the forthcoming year.
“With transportation investment among the top priorities this legislative session, I’m excited to play a role in the approval of funding for projects,” Steinberg said.
“Maintaining and improving our transportation infrastructure is vital to our economy, and I’m confident in Rep. Steinberg’s ability to help us identify and prioritize these critical needs,” said Sharkey.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Himes Reappointed to House Intelligence Committee
Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi has reappointed Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4) to serve on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, it was announced today.
The committee oversees the budget and activities of the 17 intelligence agencies of the United States.
“Congressman Himes’ service on the Intelligence Committee has been defined by thoughtfulness and professionalism,” Pelosi said. “The strength of his experience will continue to be a valued resource in the new Congress.”
“I am deeply honored to have the opportunity to continue serving on the Intelligence Committee,” Himes said in a statement.
Housing, Transportation Top Selectmen Session With Legislators
By James Lomuscio
The region’s ailing transportation system and the specter of 8-30g, the state affordable housing statute that allows developers to override local zoning laws, topped an early morning Board of Selectmen meeting today with state legislators representing Westport.
The early morning special Board of Selectmen meeting with state legislators focused on housing and transportation issues. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
The special 7:30 a.m. meeting before the scheduled 8:30 a.m. regular meeting featured state Sen. Tony Hwang, Sen. Toni Boucher, Rep. Jonathan Steinberg and Rep. Gail Lavielle. It drew about 20 to Town Hall, where the legislators described their committee assignments before delving into issues high on the town’s radar.
On transportation, First Selectman Jim Marpe noted that the downtown revitalization efforts made it even more imperative to improve the region’s transportation infrastructure. Steinberg cited the old bridges and reduced speed restrictions as main issues.
On housing, the selectmen stressed that revising the 8-30g statute, passed in 1989 and requiring each community to have 10 percent of its housing stock deemed affordable, was a priority.
Friday, January 09, 2015
Malloy Seeks Constitutional Amendment for Transit Funds
By Keith M. Phaneufwww.ctmirror.org
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy will propose amending the state Constitution to ensure revenues earmarked for transportation cannot be diverted for other purposes, the governor’s office announced today.
Malloy, who has pledged to unveil a major initiative next month to upgrade Connecticut’s aging transportation infrastructure, also will seek short-term measures to create a legal “lockbox” around transportation funds.
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Wednesday, January 07, 2015
Having a Ball
Malloy Takes Oath for Second Term: ‘I Most Assuredly Do’
By Mark Pazniokaswww.ctmirror.org
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s second term as Connecticut’s 88th governor began today at 2:15 p.m. as Andrew McDonald, the state Supreme Court’s first gay justice and the governor’s former legal adviser, administered the oath of office in the canvernous drill shed of the State Armory.
Asked if he would swear to uphold the duties of the office, Malloy raised his right hand and replied, “I most assuredly do.”
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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is sworn in today for his second term as Connecticut’s governor by Supreme Court Justice Andrew J. McDonald as wife Cathy Malloy and son Dannel Malloy look on. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) AP Photo/Jessica Hill, Pool
Steinberg ‘Humbled’ to Serve Westport for 3rd Term
State Rep. Jonathan Steinberg of Westport was among legislators sworn in today at the Capitol. Steinberg, beginning his third term serving the 136th House District—and the only Democrat representing Westport in Hartford—said, “The Connecticut State Capitol is an historic and awe-inspiring place. I am humbled to be serving Westport in this building.” (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com
State Rep. Gail Lavielle, whose 143rd House District includes part of Westport, is all smiles today following her swearing in for a third term at the Capitol in Hartford. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com